As with anything you buy, the last thing you want is for your time and resources to go to waste. Why let perfectly good spores go to waste when you can acquire all the knowledge you need for them to prosper under your watch? It’s important to know how to use psilocybin mushroom spores so that you can cultivate their full potential. Using psilocybin mushroom spores in a legal way depending on where you live is also imperative, no matter whether for scientific research or personal purposes. All mushroom spores are very similar in growing characteristics such as substrate, humidity, and environment, but still can have unique preferences. Taking the time in understanding the unique characteristics of each type of mushroom spores you wish to use is key to using them properly. In general, psilocybe mushroom spores are sold for microscopy purposes, food seasonings, and artistic purposes in areas legal to do so. Information in this article is of course for educational purposes only in how to use psilocybin mushroom spores once acquired. Understanding how psilocybin mushroom spores are extracted, stored, and used can prove to be quite an interesting journey!

Why It’s Important To Know How To Use Psilocybin Mushroom Spores

There are two main reasons as to why it is important to know how to use psilocybin mushroom spores, one- being their fragile existence, and two- being their legality. High quality spores are extracted with precise technique and equipment, and in sterile conditions, so as to be preserved without any contamination. Psilocybin mushroom spores require a sterile environment, with contamination of the substrate being avoided by all means. The main reason for this is that if there is another, more dominant microorganism present it may take the stage and steal the show. Dominating microorganisms will expand faster than the desired mushroom fungus, leaving the mushrooms with no space to grow. Acquiring high quality psilocybin mushroom spores, keeping them contamination free, and sterilizing the substrate where the mushrooms grow in advance are all great steps in using spores successfully. 

The second reason to stay informed is legality. In many national, state, and provincial drug laws, there is a great deal of ambiguity about the legal status of psilocybin mushrooms. There is also a strong element of selective enforcement in some places being that psilocybin and psilocin are deemed illegal to possess without license as substances. Like cannabis years ago, the recreational use of magic mushrooms is still considered illegal in North America, or at least the United States. Psilocybin mushroom spores’ legality depends mostly on where you live, with the majority of the states allowing sale and possession. From a science and legal standpoint, the spores do not contain psilocybin or psilocin, and hence are not illegal to sell or possess in many jurisdictions. This loophole does not mean, however, that jurisdictions will not prosecute under broader laws prohibiting items that are used in drug manufacture. A few jurisdictions (such as the US states of California, Georgia and Idaho) have specifically prohibited the sale and possession of psilocybin mushroom spores. Cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms is considered drug manufacture in most jurisdictions and is often severely penalized, as they are still classified as a Schedule I Controlled Substance. In short, when learning how to use psilocybin mushroom spores it’s best to know the laws and regulations of the area in which you live. Best to stay on the safe and legal side of things. 

The Different Types Of Psilocybin Mushroom Spores You Can Use

Seen from a scientific point of view magic mushrooms may seem very similar, but they do differ in phenotype and appearance. Phenotype is the set of observable characteristics of an individual organism resulting from the interaction of its genotype with the environment, one example being fruiting speed. There are numerous Psilocybe Cubensis, one of the most common known types of magic mushrooms, that have different phenotypes for example. These different cubensis are not classified as subspecies, but rather different strains of the same family. The differences in phenotype can be seen with the naked eye such as color and shape, but the real beauty and wonder lies under the microscope. Mushroom spores are the blueprint of their fruiting body, and much can be done with them. Hence why it is important to know how to use psilocybin mushroom spores whatever your goals may be. The following is a breakdown of the most common or popular species of magical mushroom spores:

  • Psilocybe cubensis spores are those for fruit bodies on the larger side, as far as magic mushroom size goes. It’s also one of the most common Psilocybe, better known as Golden Cap or Mexican Mushroom. This particular family of magic mushrooms has many different types. Physically, the cap is usually reddish brown, with a white or yellowish stem. When bruised or crushed, its sticky flesh often turns bluish. Some people consider this a definitive sign of finding a magic mushroom, but some toxic types of mushrooms bruise as well. 
  • Psilocybe semilanceata spores are also popular and produce fruiting bodies more commonly known as Liberty Cap Mushrooms. Physically the fruiting bodies are small with a very pointed cap, and are either light yellow or brown in color,. Another psilocybe mushroom, Psilocybe pelliculosa, is often mistaken for P. semilanceata, but its psychotropic properties are weaker.
  • Psilocybe baeocystis spores produce fruiting bodies with a dark brown cap and brownish or yellowish stem when fresh. Nicknames of these types of magic mushrooms include potent Psilocybe, Blue Bell, and Bottle Cap.

Whichever type of psilocybin mushroom spores you have, properly identifying them when extracted yourself, or acquired from a reputable source is of the utmost importance. Not only for quality purposes, but for the health and safety of your experimentation. With the thousands of mushrooms known on our planet, it’s not difficult to confuse similar looking varieties for each other. So be sure to know exactly what type of mushroom spores are on your print, inside your syringe, or inside your vial. 

Differences Between Psilocybin Mushroom Spores Prints, Vials, And Syringes

In the journey of discovering psilocybin mushroom spores, you will see they are found in three different types of storing. Mushroom spores can be extracted and stored between different methods, all that should be done in a sterile environment. The most common being: psilocybin mushroom spore prints, syringes, and vials. In most cases you can purchase sterile prints, syringes, and vials from vendors online such as FungusHead, or make them yourself with basic equipment and a sterile container. Below we will cover their basic differences and how to use psilocybin mushrooms spores from each:

Psilocybin Mushroom Spore Prints: The spore print is the powdery deposit obtained by allowing spores of a fungal fruit body to fall onto a surface underneath. Mushroom spore prints are used for diagnostic character in identifying mushrooms, collection for future germination and/or research, and producing beautiful works of art. Spore prints are made by cutting the cap of the mushroom and are then placed on something else (mostly paper or glass slides) so the spores fall out of the cap and can be collected. All spore prints should be produced in a very sterile environment and under laboratorial conditions to avoid contamination. If stored correctly in cold and dark conditions, a psilocybin mushroom spore print can be saved for several years before it loses viability.

Psilocybin Mushroom Spore Syringes: A mushroom spore syringe consists of sterilized water and mushroom spores. Syringes can be made from psilocybin mushroom prints or found online for the purpose of microscopy and mushroom cultivation experimentation. A spore syringe solution typically has 500 grow parts per milliliter. The syringe is used to drop spores and water mixture onto slides for microscopy research, as well as inoculate sterile substrates with the mushroom spores. The spore syringe should contain only water and mushrooms spores that have been extracted and prepared in a very sterile environment. Hence the importance of acquiring spores from a reputable, reliable, and legal source. Psilocybin mushroom spore syringes are not recommended for collection, however, because they are meant to be used within a few months after preparation. 

To use a psilocybin mushroom syringe, remove the needle (leaving the protection cap on) from it’s sterile package and attach it to the spore filled syringe. Make sure to shake the mushroom spore syringe for a few seconds before using. The spore syringe is now ready for further use, whether for microscopic research or sterile substrate inoculation. Interestingly enough, spore syringes are often mistaken for liquid culture which is the result of an isolated mycelium culture. One that is grown and expanded in a sugar broth/solution. If available, liquid culture is preferred over a spore syringe to inoculate spawn due to the reduced chance of contamination. 

Psilocybin Mushroom Spore Vials: A mushroom spore vial is a glass container with a circular rubber membrane on top for ideal sealing that works great with liquid culture growth media. The special fluid found inside preserves the psilocybin mushrooms spores without possible contamination, and can house over a 1000 grow parts per milliliter. Thanks to the magical and sterile fluid used the spores can be preserved for a longer period of time. High quality spore vials can last years if kept in a cool dark environment such as a unlit refrigerator. One of the biggest benefits that come with vials versus syringes is that it is easier to get all of the psilocybin mushroom spores out of the container. Plastic syringes are often charged with static electricity making the spores stick to the container. Being that glass vials are never charged, 100% of the spores can be extracted and used.

Psilocybin mushroom spores vials are glass and have a cap with a circular rubber membrane called a septa. Before using, shake the mushroom spore vial vigorously to spread the spores evenly throughout the vial. You will then want to remove the protective stopper cap from the top of the vial, and sterilize the septa with alcohol. Using a sterile syringe (sterile by holding the needle in a flame for a few seconds) remove the protective cap from the needle and insert it through the septa. The sterile point of the needle should be submerged in the mushroom spore liquid solution for best extraction results. Then pull back the plunger of the syringe slowly filling it with the psilocybin mushroom spore solution. For reference, about 3 milliliters of the spore solution is required to colonize 1 liter of desired substrate. Finally, slowly take out the needle from the vial with the desired amount of spore liquid solution and proceed with the inoculation process.

The Best Way Of How To Use Psilocybin Mushroom Spores

The best way of how to use psilocybin mushroom spores can depend on many different factors, each unique to the individual using them. Once you have chosen your preferred capture of psilocybin mushroom spores, it’s up to you what you would like to do with them. As a reminder, it’s very important to know the laws and regulations of your area concerning psilocybin mushrooms and their spores before collecting or using. How to use psilocybin mushrooms spores largely depends on the legal capacity of which you can. For some mushroom spores are an excellent way to learn about the mushroom life cycle, watching the magic itself unfold in front of their eyes. For others psilocybin mushroom spores are means for affordable medication for ailments that traditional science has no cure for. And for the creative ones, mushroom spores are a beautiful choice of unique art media with endless possibilities. Whichever use for the spores you choose, make sure that use is within legal limits and of pure intentions. Instead of the focus being on the result, an open and appreciative focus on the entire process can be magical. Whether cultivating a substance that can heal your mind and soul, capturing in art the mystery and magic of nature, or simply watching magic grow before your eyes for research- enjoy the journey!